Burn out is real and it fricking sucks. I’ve shared a lot of tips for preventing the burn out, letting life be easy, and letting go of the stress of the little things, but I haven’t shared much about getting through the burn out when you’re deep in it.
It might be hard to take care of yourself right now, it might seem like it’s just one extra thing to do on top of your already overwhelming and endless list, but these tips are going to help. A handful of which can be done in 5 minutes or less and get the juices flowing to get you back on track and on the road to loving your life.
Listen to the podcast today for encouragement and empowered advice on how to survive the burn out.
- Mindset Makeover (free guide!)
- Gratitude Guide
- Self Love Starter Kit
- Episode 11 – Conquer Stress by Overcoming Negative Thinking
- Episode 15 – Asking for Help with Elizabeth Andreyevskiy
- Wintering by Katherine May
When burnout hits and it’s too late to prevent it.
I talk a lot about practical tips on the healing journey – but I often neglect returning to those early feelings when depression was still my identity to give advice to those in that painful season. I wanna talk to you today. The mom that’s actually depressed or burnt out right now. The one that can’t imagine doing more. The one who’s not sure she’s going to make it through motherhood.
I want to give you some easy practical things you can do right now to ease that pain and begin taking steps in the right direction – even though there’s zero motivation to do so.
It’s okay to not be okay right now. Don’t stay there. Don’t cling to the emotions. But it’s okay to take the time to feel them. Let yourself feel it all as long as you need to.
Write down what you’re feeling. What you’re thinking. And just go with it. Keep writing as a stream of consciousness, set a timer for 5 minutes and just notate what’s going on inside you.
Focus on your breath. Try to let every other thought slip away as you deeply breathe. In 1-4, hold 2, put 1-4, hold 2. Repeat several times.
4 Accept help.
Let your loved ones step in and care for your home and your kids while you take time for yourself. This is the best thing you can do for your kids – set the example to care for yourself. Click here if help is hard to accept.
5 Surround yourself with positive influences.
Listen to positive podcasts or audiobooks, listen to positive music, watch positive movies and tv shows.
6 Listen to episode 11.
Be mindful of your thoughts and take the power away from those negative thoughts that have gotten too comfortable in your mind.
7 Allow yourself space for comfort.
Watch your comfort movies. Read your comfort books. Cozy up in the softest blanket. Eat food that fills you with joy. Share this time with your kids and husband if you’re up for company.
8 Get empowered.
Remember who you are. Put on your big girl pants when your ready and get back at it. It’s never too late to get back on track. It’s never too late to take charge of your life. It’s not too late to be everything you’ve ever wished to be.
9 See a therapist.
If you’re thinking this is more than burn out, you may be depressed or even suicidal, there’s so many great resources available today: 911, 988, Betterhelp, many churches even have licensed therapists on staff as counselors.
10 Download my free guide The Mindset Makeover
It’s time to start thinking about the way you think. It may not be the right time for action, but it’s always a great time to set an intention and prepare for action. You got this, mama!
Bonus: Get grateful.
I know you might not feel like practicing gratitude right now, but it’s seriously going to be a game changer for you! Try listing 5 things you are grateful for. Then reflect on how life would be different without those things. Next, think of how life is better because of those things. Feeling grateful can be difficult when you’re stuck in a rut of burn out and doing your best to numb out the negative feelings. I promise, it’s helpful, though!